Dozens of car accident claims are likely following a huge pile-up involving more than 100 vehicles on a fog-bound bridge.
Witnesses described the incident on the New Sheppey Crossing Bridge in Kent, which left eight people seriously injured and another 60 with minor injuries, as “carnage”.
Thankfully and somewhat miraculously, nobody lost their life in the incident, which began at about 7.15am on September 5, but with such a large number of vehicles involved many are likely to be seeking advice from compensation providers such as Accident Advice Helpline (AAH).
The accidents are said to have continued for around 10 minutes as cars and lorries crashed into each other in heavy fog which reduced visibility to just 20 yards.
Witnesses described some motorists as driving “like idiots” before the crash which left the A249 bridge that serves the Isle of Sheppey completely closed.
Some motorists and passengers were left trapped in their vehicles with others waiting at the side of the road for the emergency services, including a fleet of 30 ambulances and other response vehicles, to arrive.
‘Visibility just 20 yards’
The scene was littered with badly damaged cars, lorries and even a car transporter, with some casualties given treatment at the roadside.
Martin Stammers, 45, of Minster, told Kent Online: “It’s horrific. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. All you could hear was cars crashing. We got out of our car and it was eerily quiet, with visibility down to just 20 yards.”
Driver Chris Buckingham, who was caught up in the incident, told Sky News how a quick-thinking lorry driver had probably saved lives after using his vehicle to block the bridge entrance and stop more cars piling into the accident scene.
He said: “Whoever that guy is I’d like to shake his hand because he’s probably saved lives today.”
A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to free five people from their vehicles. He said there had been no fatalities though ambulance crews had dealt with a “large number of walking wounded casualties”.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: September 6, 2013
Author: David Brown